Department of Archaeology

Gender and Identities in Peloponnesian Antiquity

A two-day international and interdisciplinary postgraduate and early career researcher conference on ongoing research on the Peloponnese will be held at the University of Nottingham, under the auspices of the Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies (CSPS). 

Thursday 22 June and Friday 23 June 2017.

Keynote speaker: Professor Paul Christesen (Dartmouth)

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Gender and Identities in Peloponnesian Antiquity

Polykleitos of Argos 




The Conference 

Gender and Identities in Peloponnesian Antiquity

The primary goal of the conference will be to provide a welcoming platform for the inter-departmental and interdisciplinary presentation and discussion of research undertaken by PhD students and early career researchers. Presentations will focus on work in areas relating to gender and other identities in the ancient Peloponnese (inclusive of the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods)

Keynote speaker: Professor Paul Christesen (Dartmouth)

Main themes may include such topics as: 

  • Methodological approaches to gender
  • Hegemonic masculinities
  • Constructs of Spartan masculinity/femininity in ancient sources
  • Platonic constructs of Dorian manhood/womanhood 
  • Sparta: the proto-feminist state?
  • The subversion of gender and identity norms 


  • Sexuality/attitudes towards sex
  • The relationship between war and procreation


  • Deities/sanctuaries/cults of the Peloponnese: roles, rituals and their gender connections
  • Religious practice abroad – dedicatory practices at external sanctuaries and what they say about Peloponnesian identity
  • Variations on Spartan cult and ritual practices as a reflection on identity
  • Mythological figures in the Peloponnese, and their presentation as gendered personas

Gender/Identity in History and Literature:

  • Gender identities in poetic and dramatic works
  • Historians' use of gender
  • Philosophical approaches to gender
  • Roman understanding/misunderstanding: the presentation of the Archaic/Classical/Hellenistic Peloponnese in Roman sources

Gender/Identity in Visual Culture:

  • Connections between iconology, symbology, and identity

Outsider Identities:

  • Subaltern gendered identities
  • Slave identities
  • Disability and identity
  • Foreigners and Exiles in the Peloponnese
  • Confirming identity when away from home – what Peloponnesians do abroad

Gender/Identity in Reception:

  • Reception/understandings of Spartan masculinity/femininity/identity in popular culture/art history
  • Reception/understandings of Arcadian masculinity/femininity/identity in popular culture/art history
  • Reception/constructs of Spartan masculinity in European history

Intersections between Gender and Other Identities:

  • Outsiders' views of the Peloponnese and its gender/identity constructs
  • Gender identity and athletics in the Peloponnese
  • Women and war
  • Women and the economy


A41, Clive Granger Building, University Park 

Project team

  • Charlotte Round
  • Kendell Heydon

Call for Papers


  • Registration will be open soon, please check back for more information.

Department of Archaeology

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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